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The Catholic Church has been a consistent leader in the defense of human life. Today our advocacy includes recommending taking steps against vaccine-preventable illnesses such as COVID-19, RSV and the influenza (flu) that threaten the most vulnerable in our communities.

The Archdiocese of Chicago urges every eligible adult and child to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and flu, and to stay up to date on boosters. COVID-19 and the flu require separate vaccines and it is safe to receive both at the same time. Often, your local pharmacy can provide them in the same visit.

Pope Francis, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Cardinal Cupich have affirmed that it is morally permissible to receive the COVID-19 vaccines. Typically, peak flu season runs from September through March.

Symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat and extreme fatigue are similar among the common viral illnesses. Being vaccinated and avoiding infection helps to alleviate the strain on our already burdened health system.

To register for vaccination or get more information about  vaccines, visit your local health department’s vaccination website:

  • City of Chicago (Link)
  • Lake County (Link)
  • Cook County (Link)
  • Or for more information, visit the CDC’s website here.
  • Find a COVID-19 Test to Treat location (Link)

Click here for COVID-19 booster information.